Yes, Wendy, that's what I first thought too. But after some rousing debates with some of the most fabulous ladies (you know who you are!) I now realize that it is much different. The imprinter becomes whatever the imprintee needs, thus changing themselves to be the imprintees perfect match. So unlike love at first site, it hits you and you change. And for the imprinter, they have no choice but to be what the imprintee needs, instead of loving each other as you are. (see Ouisa, I was listening)wendyb wrote:Sounds to me like imprinting is just a fancy, more magical way of saying love at first sight. When you lay eyes on someone and you don't know why, but you are drawn to that person. You have to talk to that person, get to know them. And once you do, you're hooked. You loved them from the first minute you saw them....you "imprinted". And its not that you HAVE to be with that person forever, you WANT to be with that person forever. They are "imprinted" in your soul....its your one true love.
An excellent point from Pel that I'd like to mention is this: if a wolf imprints, then learns to control him or herself enough to stop phasing and grow old as a human, does the imprinting continue? Or is it ended with the phasing?
Also, what if Mr. Blue was a werewolf. We are married with two kids and nearing 40 in age. And let's just say he did not imprint on me. Then he comes across his perfect match one day, out of the blue? He has to leave me and the kids and be with that person, he has no choice. Does imprinting still seem so amazing then? Certainly not to me. And honestly, I was a fan of imprinting before I really thought it through. I too thought it was a strong and beautiful love. It has its downside to be sure. Dang.
Finally, not really directly related to imprinting, but if it is not the presence of vampires or the Cullens that has caused the rise of the tribe wolves again, then what is it? Carlisle and Edward don't believe it's them.
Thank you to December for the excellent topic.